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making news on this wednesday, april 28th. >> goldman sachs execs grilled by senators. so, who won the showdown? we talk to the ceo after the ten-hour hearing. bomb scare. comments by an exair force reservist, forced a transatlantic flight to make a stop. air marshals jump into action. and life story. new revelations from laura bush's book. was the president poisoned? plus, the fatal car crash with her behind the wheel. good morning. thanks for being with us. those seven current and former goldman sachs executives sat through a hearing peppered with explosive language. >> they heard tack of unbridled
greed, and quotes from profancy-placed e-mails. all the while, they denied doing anything improper. >> t.j. winick is in washington with the details. good morning, t.j. >> reporter: good morning. the ceo of goldman sachs defended their firm. insisting that up front, some subprime mortgage securities were a risky investment. if you heard just one exchange from tuesday's hearing, you would think goldman sachs' ceo, lloyd blankfein, had come to capitol hill, prepared to do a mea culpa. >> do you on behalf of goldman, accept any responsibility for the collapse of 2008? >> yes. >> reporter: that was over 9 1/2 hours into the senate hearing. the s.e.c. charges goldman defrauded clients by selling them investments that were destined to fail. most of the testimony went more like this. >> senator, i think -- >> i wouldn't trust you. >> their behavior was unethical. >> reporter: those goldman sachs
executives called to testify, refused to apologize. >> regret to me makes me feel like i did something wrong. and i don't have that. what i do have, though, is we made mistakes. >> i do not think that we did anything wrong. >> i believe my product was proper. >> reporter: in an interview to air on "good morning america," blankfein refused to say that goldman is being singled out. >> we surely aren't the only financial firm. and i think, in most of these markets, we were not the largest or even a large participant, compared to others. so, i can wish that the focus wasn't so disproportionately on us. but i'm not making any claims of unfairness. >> reporter: democrats had hoped that hearing would help them move ahead with financial reform. but with no republican support right now, the gop blocked a vote in the senate for the second-straight day. jeremy and vinita? >> all right. t.j. winick in washington. thanks. and we'll have more from claire shipman's interview with lloyd blankfein later on "good
morning america." some politics now. our new poll must caused some serious concern for members of congress. 57% of voters we asked said they will look around for someone else to vote for in november. that's the lowest level of incumbent support since 1994. asked what party they will support in the fall. 48% say democrat. 43% said republican. our poll puts the president's overall approval rating at 54%. a federal member that was squeaky-queen is in custody this morning. the flight was traveling from paris to atlanta, when it was forced to land in maine, where it sits this morning. passengers on that delta flight from paris to atlanta won't soon forget those terrifying moments in the sky. >> they did say there was a security breach on the plane. after everything was contained. everything is safe.
everything is contained. >> reporter: police say derek stanceberry, was flying on a fake passport. a flight marshal approached stansberry and subdued him. passengers could tell something wasn't right in the flight. >> when they told us we had to sit in our seat because there was going to be a huge amount of turbulence. and no turbulence ever happened. >> reporter: the allegations have stunned stansberry's father. >> hopefully, it's a misunderstanding. and he gets to come home. and everything is forgiven. >> reporter: abc news has learned that the unruly passenger was a former air force reservist, who did several tours in iraq and afghanistan. delta flight 273 was diverted to maine, where police searched the plane but found no explosives. the suspect also claims he took valium and a sleeping pill before the flight. >> knowing my son, something started on the plane.
things were said and misunderstood. >> now, the passengers were put up for the night in maine. they'll finally arrive in atlanta later today. the coast guard could soon set fire to that oil spill off the coast of louisiana. pools of oils far offshore would be trapped in containment booms and set aflame. a coast guard official has warned if the fire is contained, it could be one of the worst spills in history. most of the securities and exchange commission employees who got caught watching porn at work are still at the agency. 17 of the 33 workers remain with the s.e.c. according to an investigator looking into the incident. one lawmaker wants answers. republican senator charles grassley has written to s.e.c. chairman, mary schapiro, asking why the 17 haven't been fired. workers are trucking through turkey. they say they have found the remnants of noah's ark.
the team of chinese and turkish explorers claim the structure had pens for holding animals. the group says carbon testing shows the remnants are 4,800 years old. but still, some experts are skeptical. >> plenty of those. >> there are lots of those. now, for this morning's weather from all around the nation. lots of wind and rain in the west today. up to a foot of snow in the northern rockies and sierras. the strongest winds pushing from southern california into the plains today. breezy with thunderstorms into the dakotas. blustery from new york to new england, with snow in the mountains of maine, new hampshire and vermont. >> 63 in baltimore. upper 60s and 70s from fargo to kansas city. mostly 50s in the northwest. albuquerque will hit 79. and phoenix, 91. still ahead, did someone try to poison president bush? it is just one revelation from laura bush's new book. then, the fury over arizona's controversial new immigration law.
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the benchmark doubling 213 points and falling back below 11,000. the nasdaq shed 51 points. tokyo's nikkei average plunged more than 2.5% today. hong kong's hang seng is sharply lower. and in london, the ftse opened lower. well, fault turns its focus to the federal reserve today. the fed wraps up its two-day meeting. and is all but certain to keep the interest rates at record low levels. investors will also be listening closely to what the fed has to say about when it might start raising those rates again. southwest airlines has been fined $200,000 for violating federal rules on bumping passengers. an investigation found many cases of southwest failing to pay passengers the appropriate amount or failing to properly inform them of their rights. southwest bumped more passengers than any u.s. carrier last year. restaurants in california's silicon valley are going to have to cut the calories on their children's meals or leave the toys out. officials in santa clara county
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to the rockies. roads will be wet or snow-covered, as well. especially i-5, 15 and 80. gusty winds for drivers from the pacific coast to the plains. >> if you are flying, expect delays in seattle, san francisco, los angeles, salt lake city, las vegas, phoenix and denver. arizona's new law mandating all immigrants and visitors carry i.d. or risk arrest does not take effect until the summer. but the backlash against it is gathering momentum, as the obama administration considers its legal options. brad wheelis has the details. >> reporter: president barack obama took on arizona's new law at a town hall meeting in iowa. >> if you don't have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you're going to be harassed. that's something that could potentially happen. that's not the right way to go. >> reporter: his criticism, aimed at arizona lawmakers, and governor jan br , who signed a bill demanding local law officers to demand immigration status if they suspect a person
is in arizona illegally. this raid on a drop house, where 23 illegal immigrants were discovered. >> constitutional or not, there are some real law enforcement reasons why laws like that are misguided. >> reporter: but napolitano says she can't tell her people at the arizona border what to do, until the justice department decides whether to challenge the state in the courts, something it will most likely do. >> i think it is, i fear, subject to potential abuse. >> reporter: the bill is sparking protests from san francisco to illinois. neighboring california, facing its own immigration problem, is talking about severing all existing state contracts with arizona, despite its frustration at federal inaction. >> we want to stop the human trafficking. we want to stop the illegal stuff that is going on on the border. >> reporter: los angeles is considering a similar move. >> we can say that los angeles will not do business with arizona. we're looking at all of our contracts. >> reporter: but arizona does have some allies. one utah legislator wants to do the same thing there, fearing
what he calls an overflow of illegal immigrants comesing north from arizona want that law takes effect. brad wheelis, abc news, los angeles. signatures are already being collected in an effort to put a repeal measure on arizona's november ballot. and san francisco mayor gavin newsom has banned most city travel to arizona. president george w. bush's memoirs won't be out until late last year. but we're learning about things in the presidency never revealed before. "the new york times" bought an early copy and published excerpts of it overnight. >> at every stage of our journey, laura has shown the grace and character i fell in love with. >> reporter: in "spoken from the heart," the former first lady takes on her husband's democratic critics. especially nancy pelosi's comments that president bush was, quote, and incompetent leader. and harry reid, saying president bush was a loser.
saying the comments were graceless. she talks about the controversial fly-over in the days after hurricane katrina. in defense of her husband, she writes, he did not want one single life to be lost because someone was catering to the logistical requirements of a president. some criticize the fly-over as being detached from the crisis on the ground. one of the biggest surprises in the book, mrs. bush writes about she and the president possibly being poisoned during a summit in germany. she says the president was bed-ridden, sickened, along with several top aides. the secret service investigated but could only conclude they all had a virus. and then, there is a turning point in her teenage years. she writes about being behind the wheel when she ran a stop sign, struck a classmate and killed him. it is an incident she has rarely talked about. now admitting she was chatting with her friend in the car when it all happened. in the book, she says she was wracked with guilt for years about the crash, about not attending the boy's funeral.
and not reaching out to his parents. she write, "i lost my faith that november. lost it for many, many years. it was the first time that i prayed to god for something. and it was as if no one heard." mrs. bush writes that in her public life, she has encouraged teen drivers involved in serious accidents to speak to loved ones and counsellors, something she didn't do. "spoken from the heart" goes on sale next tuesday. some medical news this morning. a new study shows a five-minute test could cut the number of deaths from colon cancer by 40%. british researchers say the flexcy scope exam is cheaper, quicker than colonoscopies. the test involves detecting and removing polyps and small growths that could become cancerous. the utah jazz could be the first team from the nba's western conference to advance in the playoffs if they win tonight in denver. a couple eastern conference teams moved on last night.
e dales now from jonathan coachman at espn news. >> good morning. high drama in the nba playoffs. four games on tap from tuesday night. we start in cleveland. lebron james, a whole lot of concern after this one. i'll get to that in a minute. cavs up three. lebron, count it. plus one. he finished one assist shy of a triple-double. man of the night, antwan jamison. 23. after the game, lebron james really hurt his right elbow. he says he'll be fine by the time he meets the celtics. k.g. and boston, trying to knock out miami and dwyane wade. pick it up. miami down six. count it and plus one. wade had 31. but too much of the "cs" down the strip. big baby, doing work. little jig afterwards, too. how about rajon rondo, finding ray allen. allen led the way with 24. going to be celtics/caves. as i mentioned, a lot of concern over the right elbow of lebron
james. game seven, red wings/coyotes. pick it up second period. all detroit city. rock city. pavel datsyuk, the break-away. datsyuk's second goal of the period. red wings up 2-0. then, henrik zetterberg. and nicklas lidstrom, the slap shot past. how about third period, powerplay. lidstrom again. second of the game. red wings rout the coyotes. they advance to take on san jose. that will do it for espn news update. i'm jonathan coachman. back to you in the studio. >> our thanks to the coach. things were not exactly coming up roses for "the bachelor" last night. jake pavelka and his professional partner were booted from "dancing with the stars" after their samba failed to make the cut. he was choked up last night as he thanked his dancing partner and the fans. >> i loved every second of this. i love you. thank you for being so great to
my beautiful fiancee. thank you, everybody, for watching and keeping me in. thank you. thank you so much. >> jake says he is returning to his life as a professional pilot. and the show goes on with six remaining celebrities. >> i thought he was going to propose to his dancer friend there for a minute. but i guess these already done that. >> he's rejected so many women on "the bachelor." the stories we'll be following today. will the coast guard set fire to that massive gulf oil slick? and every girl's favorite teen detective celebrating a milestone today. [ male announcer ] fishing pole, it's been a while. you stood in the basement gathering dust while i, sneezing, itching eyes kept you from our favorite stream. the one that runs through a field where pollen floats through the air. but now, with the strength of 24-hour zyrtec® to relieve my worst allergy symptoms, indoors and outdoors... let's go before the fish stop biting. they won't wait for us. but that's okay. zyrtec® is the fastest 24-hour allergy medicine.
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issue of financial reform during a stop later today in quincy, illinois, as part of his white house to main street tour. investigators will try to piece together bhapd aboard a transatlantic flight which was diverted to maine. a passenger was taken into custody after he allegedly claimed to have a bomb. but no explosives were ever found. the flight resumes this morning. the coast guard could set fire to that oil spill off the coast of louisiana as early as today. crews have not been able to stop thousands of barrels of oil from gushes from the sunken platform. and that page-turner for generations of young readers is celebrating a milestone. the first nancy drew mystery book was published 80 years ago today. that would make nancy drew 98 years old. the latest is the 371st in the series. coming up on "good morning america," rielle hunter, the woman at the center of the john edwards sex scandal has given her first tv interview to oprah winfrey. you'll see a sneak peek as
huntder opens up about their affair. for some of you, your local news is next. >> for everyone else, "america this morning" continues. [ female announcer ] food myth number 22. nothing's better after a long day than a giant plate of lettuce. c'mon. you know what is? lean cuisine's new apple cranberry chicken... with sweet cranberries... farm-picked veggies... and an apple reduction sauce... plus 6 grams of fiber. lean cuisine. keep life delicious.